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Political Parties in the Digital Age

The Impact of New Technologies in Politics

Ed. by Lachapelle, Guy / Maarek, Philippe

Series:De Gruyter Textbook


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    July 2015
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    • Advanced reading in political communication
    • Well-rounded appreciation of how social media and the internet have transformed activism and the role of political parties across the world

    Aims and Scope

    The Internet and "social media" may initially have been understood as just one more instrument politicians could employ to manage without political parties. However, these media cannot be reduced to being a tool available solely to politicians. The electronic media make reinforcement of the "glocalization" of the public and political sphere, a process already set in motion with the advent of television, and they can develop the trend even further.

    Political parties are therefore once again becoming indispensable; they are in an unparalleled position to recreate social and political bonds, for only they stand both at the center and on the periphery of the new sphere encompassing public and political life.


    New Technologies: Helping Political Parties and the Democratic Processes or Threatening Them? (Guy Lachapelle and Philippe J. Maarek)

    Part I: The Integration of Technological Innovations in the Practices of Parties and Citizens

    Innovations in Information Technology in American Party Politics Since 1960 (Kenneth Janda)

    Internet, Social Media Use and Political Participation in the 2013 Parliamentary Election in Germany (Reimar Zeh and Christina Holtz-Bacha)

    Part II: The Consequences of New Technologies on Activism

    The Decline of Activism in Political Parties: Adaptation Strategies and
    New Technologies
    (Eric Montigny)

    Party Activists and Partisan Communication in Quebec (Isabelle Gusse)

    Part III: The New Role Played by Social Networks

    Changing Communications? Political Parties and Web 2.0 in the 2011 New Zealand General Election (Ashley Murchison)

    Social Media and American Presidential Campaigns: The Dark Side of the
    Electoral Process
    (Karine Premont and Charles-Antoine Millette)

    Part IV: The Resilience of the Printed Press in the United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and the British Press:
    Integration, Immigration and Integrity
    (David Deacon and Dominic Wring)

    Part V: New Technologies and Leadership Evolution

    Political parties and the Internet: changes in society, changing politics –
    the case of the Parti Quebecois
    (Guy Lachapelle)

    Political communication, electronic media and social networks in France (Philippe J. Maarek)

    Index of Proper Nouns


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    Guy Lachapelle (Concordia University, Montréal); Philippe J. Maarek (University Paris East - UPEC)

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